2021 NMEA Awards: Commercial: Furuno FAR2228BB IMO Radar
The Furuno FAR22x8BB series is a new radar characterized by its advanced antenna design and signal processing techniques. Furuno says its latest technology and intuitive design help increase situational awareness and permit safer navigation. Apparently, the judges in the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA)’s 2021 Awards program agreed because they named they named the FAR22X8BB the winner in the Commercial category.
A radar unit is only as good as the antenna that feeds it. The FAR2228BB radar uses the X-band antenna unit that directly converts analog data to digital signals before sending them to the main processor unit. Signals are transported through the ethernet network between the antenna and below-deck processing unit.
The gearbox has been redesigned to reduce aerodynamic drag that lightens the environmental burden on the gearbox. This, along with a brushless motor results in a durable unit that can be used for prolonged periods. The cable to the gearbox can be connected from the side.
New or Used
The FAR2228BB is designed for easy installation for new and retrofit installations. The existing monitor, control unit and cables can be used in a retrofit application. An optional LAN Signal Converter enables ethernet communication. Additionally, extension of the cable between the antenna unit and processor is possible in a retrofit application.
Ethernet connectivity enables interface and information exchange that expands the radar’s ability with connection between existing or newly installed systems. With the optional ethernet Hub, Inter-Switch can be utilized with a LAN cable.